I currently serve as Assistant Professor of Management at Northwest University. This is my sixth year as a full time (tenure track) faculty professor.
I have the opportunity of leveraging 23+ years of corporate management experience into the classroom. I teach in the traditional undergrad, MBA, nontraditional adult learner, and online programs. I have also developed course curriculums for each program and completed three different online instructor certification courses.
I recently became a Certified ScrumMaster through the Scum Alliance and I am an advocate of Agile Project Management concepts and its application beyond the tech sector.
I completed my Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at George Fox University in 2012. My doctoral dissertation is a qualitative research study and is titled: “Exploring the Background and Motivations of Social Entrepreneurs”. My dissertation has been published by Scholars Press and can be found on Amazon (ISBN: 13: 978-3-639-66018-0).
My career prior to this has been in the hospitality industry, specifically corporate positions at both Eastern and Continental Airlines, Landry’s Seafood Restaurant’s, Pacific Coast Restaurant’s, and Restaurant’s Unlimited.
I received my Master’s degree from the University of Houston’s Hilton college of Hotel and Restaurant Management, considered one of the nation’s top rated hospitality management programs.
I received my B.S.B.A. degree from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) in 1986 specializing in Procurement & Material’s Management. B.G.S.U. is also recognized as one of the top schools in the country for this degree program. My business career has been in the field of purchasing and supply chain management.
My teaching philosophy is to create a safe environment for the student and provide a classroom setting that promotes critical thinking and real-life application to course theory and principles. I believe that a liberal arts approach to a business curriculum instills the necessary skills, knowledge and values required to prepare students of any age or background for careers in leadership in any industry.
Each spring semester I lead NU’s ‘Annual Social Venture Business Plan Competition’.
The course is BUSM 3662: Social Venture Business Planning (Undergraduate: Mostly sophomores and juniors).
During this course, student form teams and are tasked with developing a business plan. I invite local business leaders to discuss a section of the business plan.
The course culminates in a campus wide “Showcase Competition”, a tradeshow style event where student create displays and present their business plans to the public. The top ranked business plans are rewarded with a cash prize.
Another example is from my BUSM 4843: Small Business Management (SBM) course (Undergraduate: open to sophomore through senor level students). The emphasis is on growing a business once it is funded and launched.
Recently, SBM students partnered with the Bellevue YMCA to create a job training program for the Kirkland Teen Center. The YMCA was interested in opening a local café within the center as a transformative job training opportunity for the teens.
A fully developed jobs training program was created that provided both barista training and soft skill jobs training to the local youth. The overarching goal was to prepare the teens for their first job interview, and also to create a program that was scalable for other teen centers.
The result was the “KTUB Café 3-2-1 Barista Training’ program. The program was so well received by the YMCA that it is now a permanent component of the teen center and is advertised in the local Kirkland Parks and Recreation guide. I was asked to speak and show a video clip at the YMCA annual fundraiser promoting the program.
Another year we partnered with the City of Kirkland to provide the ‘millennial’ view of the best utilization for mixed used space for an underdeveloped area of the city. Students met with city personnel and were asked to create and deliver a formal presentation at a public symposium.